Product Review: Page (1) of 1 - 09/18/12

Wacom's Bamboo Pocket Stylus

Take it to make it

By Ko Maruyama

Wacom's Bamboo Pocket Stylus
Take it to make it

Today, Wacom introduced a brand new way to be creative on the go.  The Bamboo Pocket Stylus is small enough to take with you everywhere, but has enough volume to feel like your professional stylus.  The Bamboo Pocket Stylus fits your creativity wherever you are.

Recently, Wacom introduced their Inkling, a mobile sketch capture stylus.  Today, they've announced a new way to be creative on the go.  The Bamboo Pocket Stylus is designed with your touch screen mobile device in mind.

Like many computer animators, designers, and digital artists, I've been using a Wacom tablet since I was first introduced to it.  The Wacom brand is the premiere choice for stylus interaction with your desktop computer, and here in Hollywood, you'd be hard pressed to find a professional level studio that didn't use Wacom in their pipeline.

When Wacom decided to make a stylus for mobile devices, it was a clear choice that it'd be high quality and a great companion to your tablet.  However, now that phones are doing so much of what our tablets do, and with the rumored new iPad coming out in a smaller size, it's no wonder that Wacom has come up with a stylus that is even more portable than its previous touch screen stylus offerings.

The Pocket Stylus is a small? really small device, which makes it really easy to carry around.  It also has a telescoping barrel that gives it the proper balance when you hold it.  It shares a similar feel and size with a nice ball point pen.  And - if you're into taking notes "long hand" style, the Pocket and Wacom's Bamboo Paper app are a perfect match.


If you're looking at options that offer more creative potential, there are dozens of drawing apps available for both iOS and Android - and some Windows tablets can run full blown software that will allow you to draw (Photoshop).

I've been using Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro and ArtRage on the iPad 3, and both are equally responsive to the hard nib.   The Pocket comes with two different nibs, one hard and the other soft.  I'm sure that the softer nib works equally well with regular use, but I prefer the harder one.  I'd try some games with it, but I'm generally faster with my fingers (although I often use a Wacom for desktop gaming).


In addition to the soft nib, the stylus also comes with some extra hardware in the box.  A cap with a leash attached to it, and two pairs of colored metal bands (one pair red, the other blue).  It's easy enough to unscrew the ring at the tip-end, and replace either band - or both.  But when you're done the the color change, you're left with these 'extra' pieces [I'll check to see if they fit into the Intuos pen holder's secret compartment - at the very least, you can store the extra nib there].

This does everything you'd expect a stylus from Wacom to do.  It delivers accuracy, style, economy of size, and allows you to take a creative tool with you anywhere you go.

I'll try out Adobe Ideas with the Pocket and let you know how it goes.  If you want to check out more about the stylus, head over to Wacom's site:

Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.

Related Keywords:wacom, NAB, photoshop, Quantel, NAB2012, after effects, Adobe, Autodesk, iPad, iPhone, Galaxy

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